Born 1928 in Maysville, Kentucky, American singer and actress Rosemary Clooney had her first recordings in May 1946 for Columbia Records, and continued working with the Pastor band until 1949, making her last recording with the band in May of that year and her first as a solo artist a month later, still for Columbia.
Clooney came to prominence in the early 1950s with the song “Come On-a My House”, which was followed by other pop numbers such as “Botch-a-Me”, “Mambo Italiano”, “Tenderly”, “Half as Much”, “Hey There” and “This Ole House”. She also had success as a jazz vocalist.
Clooney’s career languished in the 1960s, partly due to problems related to depression and drug addiction, but revived in 1977, when her White Christmas co-star Bing Crosby asked her to appear with him at a show marking his 50th anniversary in show business.
Clooney continued recording until her death in 2002 at the age of 74.
Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of young Rosemary Clooney in the 1940s and 1950s.